Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Going The Distance In Shorter Strides!

As our mileage increases so does the pain. Let me back up and clear the air in saying that the pain from running isn't bad pain. It's more like a short-lived uncomfortable nagging feeling. Anytime you increase distance (in anything you do, not just running) your body has to adjust to the repetitive motion and impact. Once you build an adaptation to the current mileage the "pain" will then occur at a later distance. If you know you will be running for an hour plus taking an anti-inflammatory is a good idea to help mask pain due to impact. Another solution I ran across in my Runner's World Magazine is to shorten your strides. The study concludes that shorter strides aid in a "softer" landing thus reducing impact. The less impact the less pain you will experience during your long runs. Don't worry, at first I was turned off by the article thinking that shorter strides will decrease pace, speed, and all your hard work. Well, if you commonly experience pain and/or it is unbearable then reducing your strides is a good idea. It will help increase mobility and reduce your chances of overstriding. A common mistake when trying to increase speed is overstriding resulting in putting your joints and muscles past the point of the current active range of motion. This idea also holds true if you endure a sudden pain. Just slow down, correct your strides, and then get back into your rhythm. Pain is common. Knowing how to deal with it and overcome it is important to help build your tolerance; therefore, increasing your endurance and distance accomplished.

Exercise of the Week: Cross-Training. Cross-training is a good alternative to running. It not only adds variety into your exercise routine, but also helps to reduce injury. The idea is to help give your muscles and joints a break from all the shock absorbing encountered from running. This way you can put less stress on your body while keeping your endurance current. A good alternative to running is swimming because it's non-weight bearing but a full body workout. Also try cycling or maybe some yoga. Just remember resting your muscles and joints from constant impact is important.

Training Tip of the Week: Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. Having a normal sleeping routine will benefit your running. Normal sleeping patterns effect metabolism, stress, and fatigue. Minimize "catch-up" sleep because it only throws off your body. Eating and drinking (mostly caffeine) two to three hours before you fall asleep will help your body relax properly since your blood glucose levels (blood sugar) will be at the peak giving you the warm and comfy feeling. Also, getting enough sleep, 6-8 hours, a night is just as important as maintaining a sleeping schedule.

Training Songs of the Week: It's Carnival time in NOLA, so it's only appropriate for my number 1 choice of the week! Enjoy!

1. The Mardi Gras Mambo- Funky Meters
2. Bedrock- Lil Wayne ft. Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Lloyd
3. Teeth- Lady Gaga
4. Put It In A Love Song- Alicia Keys ft. Beyonce
5. Life Magazine- Cold Cave

Upcoming Events:

Countdown to the Atlanta ING Marathon:
39 Days (March 21, 2010).

Countdown to the Atlanta Live DOW Run For Water:
67 Days (April 18, 2010)

Run/Walk For Haiti on February 19-24! There is no better reason to start being active, or to just simply feel selfless in your activity. Team up with New York Road Runners and run/walk 4 miles anywhere anytime on the above date(s). Make a donation and/or log your run with Nike+ Help for Haiti. I love how physical activity brings the world together! :)

Happy Running,

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